Teghan Ivy and Romalice Brooks are going through unspeakable loss this Thanksgiving.
“This is hard. This is very hard,” said Ivy. “I never imagined that my children would have to be buried at the same time.”
Ivy said she did everything to save them. She is now dealing with tremendous guilt for not being able to contact them.
“I took off my shoes. I got on that ice and tried to save my sons,” she exclaimed. , they tried to pull me out of the water, and I never saw my sons again.”
Her boys, Romalice, 6, and brother Rosiah, 4, died Wednesday after being pulled out of the water.
The family told NBC 5 they were visiting their grandmother, who lives on Block 800 on West Panorama Drive. They asked their mother if they could go outside.
“They were only out for a short time. They got on the ice of the pond and the ice cracked,” she said. “I heard them come in and call my name ‘Mama, Mama’.”
He explained that the family is inextricably linked to the siblings. They did everything together, from craving pumpkins to baking bread. Parents now look back on memories and the short time spent together.
“I want you to remember me as my brother’s protector,” she cried. “They had each other’s backs. The kids were adventurous, caring, loving, and playful.”
This incident gave my parents a tragic reminder of the dangers of frozen ponds.
“I never thought I’d be able to hold and kiss a 6- and 4-year-old. I had to do it one last time and it hurt,” she cried. I tell people to cherish every moment spent together and keep them close.”